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A Thank You and an Update!

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Feb. 4, 2015 Update:

Thank you again for all the support from our community! What a fabulous day of dyslexia awareness!

Our Bills are still moving through the legislative process.  If you joined us on Feb 3rd and visited with our VA Senators and Delegate please remember to send a quick thank you to the offices. Below are links to the Senate and House directories which include email addresses.

House of Delegates:  http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

Senate:  http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/index.php

If you were unable to join us but would like to continue to help, please visit:

TOP 5 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DYSLEXIA BILLS

Want to join us?

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Thinking about joining us

to comment at either

Senate Education Committee and/or the House Education Committee

What you need to know:

The Senate Education Committee meets Thursdays at 8:00 am in Senate Room B

The House Education Committee meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 am in House Room D

We will need to watch the agendas/dockets for those meetings to make sure they will be reviewing and hearing comments on the bill we are supporting.  We are watching for SB1386 introduced by Senator Vogel on the Senate side and for HB2374 introduced by Del Cline on the House side.

Senate Ed docket:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+DOCS04

House Ed docket:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+H0910126

After all that being said, we will look to arrive 20-30 min prior.

Faces of Dyslexia in Virginia

Decoding Dyslexia VA (DDVA) is currently working on a project  entitled “Faces of Dyslexia in Virginia”.   The project was originally envisioned to help personalize our stories when we meet with lawmakers, but it could be used for any type of dyslexia awareness a family might be engaged in.  It is intended to be a quick read that shows the strengths of our kids as well as their struggles. In the picture below, you will find an example story of one of our members. Although her picture will be shown in the book, for the purpose of this  post a self-portrait has been chosen.
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If you would like to participate,  please use the link below, to insert a picture of your child and a paragraph telling their story. Parents have offered the opportunity to their kids to write/dictate anything they wish or guided them with questions to encourage expression. Please note: your submission must be able to fit in this one page  format.

Your Child’s Page

UPDATES:  Having trouble opening the link to  “Your Child’s Page”? No worries! The link simply provides a template as a guide.  It models that a portion of your page will highlight your picture while the  other portion is for your paragraph. This template gives you the star border you  see posted on our FB/Blog example. You may submit your page with your own choice  of border or simply not use a border at all. The most important thing is that  your page comes to us in a ONE PAGE format. Remember, there is no age limit to  this project…we would love all submissions!
Submissions and questions regarding this project can be sent to

Thank you!
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